Anthony Joshua might hold the majority of heavyweight belts right now, although all eyes will be on the clash between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury on Saturday 22 February, with the winner of this bout claiming the WBC belt.

Fury has previously been the holder of the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO titles and the 31-year-old is 8/11 to announce himself back on the heavyweight stage by claiming victory in Las Vegas.

The man known as the Gypsy King has never been beaten, with the Mancunian having racked up 29 wins in total along with that controversial draw that occurred when he squared off with Wilder in 2018.

The Bronze Bomber appeared to come off worse after twelve rounds of fighting in Los Angeles, although there were some odd judges scores which saw one scorecard call the fight in favour of Wilder by 115-111.

While Fury was awarded a 114-112 score by another judge, a third gave the fight as 113-113 and that means that the pair get to do it all over again at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise.

Since that original fight, Fury has been keeping busy and he beat Tom Schwarz last June, with the German being technically knocked out as early as the second round, although latest opponent Otto Wallin took a lot more beating.

The Swede actually lasted twelve rounds in September before a unanimous decision gave the fight to Fury, with the gargantuan boxer trading at 11/8 to beat Wilder by either a decision or a technical decision.

Some might think that Wilder represents the value at 11/10 and this is an opportunity for punters to potentially more than double their money on the American who will want to get the job done at the second time of asking.

He will know that he was somewhat lucky not to lose his WBC belt in the original fight and the 34-year-old has also enjoyed two fights and two wins since the pair squared off.

Dominic Breazeale wasn’t able to offer much competition at the Barclays Center in New York and Wilder enjoyed a first round victory against his compatriot, although Luiz Ortiz provided a stiffer test of the Bronze Bomber’s credentials before losing in the seventh round.

The bookies regard Wilder as far more likely to achieve a KO, TKO or Disqualification and generally offer 6/4 compared to the 9/2 about Fury winning in the same fashion.

Some punters won’t be able to resist the possibility of another draw and that is trading at odds of 22/1, while you can also bet in the round that each boxer will achieve victory.

Indeed, you can enjoy 5/6 that the fight goes the distance and that looks like a reasonable likelihood considering the points fiasco that we had last time.


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